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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "lagos" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION(FBI)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:48:10 -0800
Subject: From Federal Bureau of Investigation .
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION.
FBI Headquarters in Washington , D.C.
J.Edgar Hoover Building , 935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington , D.C. 20535-0001 USA
This e-mail has been issued to you in order to officially inform you that we have information from the IMF of Republic Of Nigeria that you have the sum
of $19.5 Million USD from the UN Compensation Committee and we have completed our investigation over the information we had and it is real and legal funds from the the UN Compensation Committee and it is the sum of $19.5 Million Us Dollar and $9 Million is in ATM CARD and sum of $10.5 Million Us Dollars is in cash in sealed metal box and it is
the total sum of $19.5 Million Us Dollars waiting for your co-operation in the IMF Office In Federal Republic Of Nigeria.
Hon. Dr. Johnson Andy Of IMF said that they have informed you about this before but you thought they were joking and you ignore the message and you
didn't even bother to contact us we the FBI why ?.
Again Hon. Dr. Johnson Andy made us to understand that you have time limit to contact them and claim your funds or they will not release it to you
again and again that you should contact them with payment of $150 for the IMF and Embassy Authority stamp that will cover the delivery of your ATM
CARD and your Cash in the sealed box , so the total amount for everything is $150 and we have tried our possible best to indicate that this $150
should be deducted from your prize but we found out that the funds have already been sealed and signed and cannot be accessed by anyone apart from
you the owner unless after the given date to you to get this finalize or they will keep the funds in the Government's account, so therefore you
will be required to pay the required fee's to the IMF in-charge of this your transaction In order to proceed with this transaction, you advise
to contact the IMF in-charge via e-mail and phone below with your required information .
Kindly look below to find appropriate contact information:
Hon. Dr. Johnson Andy
Telephone : +234 708 503 363 4
Here is the payment information .
RECEIVER: Ifeanyi Emmanuel
TEST QUESTION: TODAY
AMOUNT: $150 ONLY
You required to e-mail him with the following information:
DIRECT CONTACT NUMBER.
For And On Behalf Of
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mr.Christopher A. Wray.